WinShell Silent Install (How-To Guide)

WinShell is a free multilingual integrated development environment (IDE) for LaTeX and TeX. The program includes a text editor, syntax highlighting, project management, spell checking, a table wizard, BibTeX support, Unicode support, different toolbars and user configuration options. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of WinShell from the command line using the EXE installer.

How to Install WinShell Silently

WinShell Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Navigate to:
  2. Download & Copy the WinShellSetup.exe to a folder created at (C:\Downloads)
  3. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  4. Navigate to the C:\Downloads folder
  5. Enter the following command: WinShellSetup.exe /install /quiet /norestart
  6. Press Enter

After a few moments you should see the WinShell Desktop Shortcut appear. You will also find entries in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:WinShell
Vendor:Ingo H. de Boer
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:WinShellSetup.exe /install /quiet /norestart
Silent Uninstall Switch:WinShellSetup.exe /uninstall /quiet /norestart
Repair Command:WinShellSetup.exe /repair /quiet /norestart
Download Link:
PowerShell Script:
Detection Script:

The information above provides a quick overview of the software title, vendor, silent install, and silent uninstall switches. The download links provided take you directly to the vendors website. Continue reading if you are interested in additional details and configurations.

Additional Configurations

Create a WinShell Installation Log File

The WinShell installer offers the option to generate a log file during installation to assist with troubleshooting should any problems arise. You can use the following command to create a verbose log file with details about the installation.

WinShell Silent Install (EXE) with Logging

WinShellSetup.exe /install /quiet /norestart /log "%WINDIR%\Temp\WinShell-Install.log"

Disable WinShell Automatic Check for Updates

  • Open Notepad or your favorite text editor
  • Add the following lines:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="no"?>
  • Save the file to C:\Downloads and name it: Settings.xml
  • Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  • Navigate to the C:\Downloads folder
  • Enter the following command:
xcopy /y ".\Settings.xml" "%AppData%\WinShell\"

How to Uninstall WinShell Silently

Check out the following posts for a scripted solution:

WinShell Install and Uninstall (PowerShell)
WinShell Silent Uninstall (PowerShell)
  1. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  2. Enter the following command:

WinShell Silent Uninstall (EXE)

WinShellSetup.exe /uninstall /quiet /norestart

Always make sure to test everything in a development environment prior to implementing anything into production. The information in this article is provided “As Is” without warranty of any kind.

Jason Bergner

I am an accomplished Software Engineer at Patch My PC, leveraging more than 18 years of hands-on experience in Configuration Manager administration and application packaging. I am driven by a genuine passion for solving complex problems and consistently strive to discover innovative and effective solutions. Sharing my extensive knowledge of application deployments is a true joy for me, and I am honored to contribute to the community here at Silent Install HQ.

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